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Soudal-QuickStep ‘not sharp enough’ as Jakobsen left empty-handed in Algarve

QuickStep train derails, Jakobsen fades in Algarve headwind

The late attack on stage 3 of the Volta ao Algarve came as a surprise to the watching fans, with an eclectic and powerful sextet turning a straight-forward sprint stage into something entirely more dramatic. There were plenty caught out within the peloton, too, notably Soudal-QuickStep, whose director Tom Steels admitted his riders were “not sharp enough”.

After 25km of chasing, the peloton just about caught the group in the home straight, but by then the pre-stage favourite Fabio Jakobsen was lost in the mad scramble and finished in 18th position.

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